If your item is damaged, describe the imperfection in as much detail as possible.
If you are in doubt about when you may have lost the item, it is important that you provide a date range.
To the extent your description matches someone else's, your chances of generating a match will substantially increase.
So, for example, if you have lost a navy blue item, but you think someone who finds it may describe it as black, when you describe the color on your lost item form indicate that "the item is navy blue but may look black".
However, periodically, TSA sends found property to our central lost-and-found so those items are searchable in our system.
Many Good Samaritans -- employees and your fellow travelers -- turn in lost items to our central lost-and-found every day.